With the Charter for Compassion at the heart of all we do, we invite all people to join us in making compassion the driving force as we work to alleviate the suffering of our fellow beings and help create a just economy and a peaceful global community. What stirs the hearts of millions of people around the world to take care of each other and of the Earth itself? What if all these people, who are earnestly working and yearning for peace in hamlets and villages, towns and cities, republics and kingdoms and countries throughout the globe were able to connect with each other to join hearts and minds for a more compassionate and peaceful world?
The purpose of the Charter for Compassion Education Institute (CEI) is to provide relevant and timely learning experiences for anyone interested in growing compassion in their lives and their community, locally and globally. The Charter’s dream is to connect people from every nation—to share our stories, our perspectives, and our common yearning to create a world of compassion for every being. One of the ways we are working to make these connections is through education.
Why Compassionate Education?
Our courses are authored by uniquely skilled facilitators who share tools and strategies to cultivate self-compassion, compassion for others, and compassionate action. CEI is supported by tuition costs and as an arm of the Charter for Compassion, CEI contributes its income to support the operations of the Charter.
CEI offers courses that address the work of compassion in many contexts—in communities, healthcare, business, education, religion and interfaith, social services, the arts, restorative justice, environment, science and research, women and girls and social justice.
We’ve designed courses to help you:
- define and determine how the concept of compassion can make a difference in your personal life, in your workplace, in your community, and beyond
- gain and practice skills and competencies of self-awareness, self-compassion, and emotional intelligence that are the basis for the initial and continued development of compassion for others
- acquire skills and competencies that demonstrate compassion as an action that can be constantly present in our lives to bring about positive change for the betterment of the world
- explore the attributes (i.e., altruism, caring, empathy, encouragement, happiness, gratitude, kindness, listening abilities, mindfulness, resilience, and responsibility) of compassion as skills that are essential in the continued practice of compassionate action
- learn techniques and processes to facilitate further discussions and dialogue with others about compassion and compassionate action
- explore and develop a structural foundation that can lead to next steps in a compassionate journey—designing a compassionate community or city initiative, linking a local community with an international community in order to promote dialogue and compassionate action in schools, businesses, and congregations
CEI offers Featured Courses which are instructor-lead and On Demand allowing you open access based on your schedule. Please review our available and upcoming courses on our home page Charter Education Institute
A Note about the Charter Education Institute Symbol
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ~Albert Einstein
At first it was ancient wisdom which stated that we are one with the universe, that everything is interconnected, that all is one. Then later modern science caught up with this idea. Now quantum physicists say exactly the same thing – in a subatomic level everything is interconnected.
In the 1970s chemist James Lovelock formulated the famous Gaia hypothesis which proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. Everyone is talking about the same idea, only from different perspectives. Another perspective has now been added– a visual perspective.
The symbol selected for our Charter for Compassion Education Institute is a metaphor of "us and our earth." It is a big organism and we, people, are parts of this organism; we are not separate. And the earth is also just a part of an even bigger organism. Our earth is like a tree with roots that extend to the vast cosmos. Everything is interconnected.
We believe that this understanding of being one with the universe can raise people’s awareness about "self and others," and about our environment, and our function. This can lead to some positive changes that we desperately need.
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean. ~ Alan Wilson Watts
Our symbol is “open source” and can be used by anyone in order to spread the message. Learn more.